04-11-2013, 02:48 PM
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Thanks to Slantman for an awesome purchase experience, I just received my first DE safety razor. This is the Ikon SB Deluxe:

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It has a straight bar head and is considered a medium-aggressive head just a tad more aggressive than the ubiquitous Merkur 34c and Edwin Jagger De89l razors.

At first sight/touch, the machining is simply impeccable.

Check the knurling on the handle:

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It feels fantastic in hand. The handle is certainly substantial, though people with big, meaty hands may find it to be a little short. It seems a little bottom-heavy without the head attached, but as a complete razor I get the sense it'll work wonderfully for achieving close shaves on the regular.

The logo on the bottom of the handle is clearly laser-etched and looks classy:

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Check the precision finish on the base-plate and head:

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The bottom of the base-plate has the Company name machined into it crisply and cleanly:

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Without having yet used the razor for a shave (I'll be using it tonight for the first time) I am VERY happy I paid a premium for a stainless razor. You can feel the quality in this piece at first touch and it looks like it will last for years.

I will post an update after my first shave. Wish me luck. Wink

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 04-11-2013, 03:04 PM
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  • slantman
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Hi Jason,
Glad you got the razor okay and fast. My tracking still shows the package out for deliverySmile

It looks fantastic on your counter and your pictures are great. When you do shave with it remember NO Pressure. Let the razor do all the work. You just have to guide it. Congratulations and use it well.

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 04-11-2013, 03:12 PM
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Thank you, Jerry. It was a great transaction, and I'm happy to have dealt with you. You certainly made it easy.

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 04-11-2013, 05:24 PM
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  • ben74
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Congratulations Jason, the iKon SB is one of my favourite razors. Enjoy!

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 04-11-2013, 05:56 PM
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Sintered stainless steel. Too bad it isn't milled stainless steel like iKon used to use in their razors. Dodgy

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 04-11-2013, 06:04 PM
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(04-11-2013, 05:56 PM)lamewing Wrote: Sintered stainless steel. Too bad it isn't milled stainless steel like iKon used to use in their razors. :dodgy:

Can you tell us more about this process? How is powdered steel manufactured to this kind of tolerance? The technology sounds pretty impressive if it yields these results.

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 04-11-2013, 07:26 PM
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First Shave
Thu Apr 11, 2013

• Astra blade in Ikon SB Deluxe
• Hot shower
• Hot water soak of AOS badger travel brush
• Hot water splash on face
• AOS Lemon pre-shave oil on face and neck
• AOS Lemon shave cream lathered on face
• First pass WTG
• Rinse
• Re-lather
• Second pass XTG East to West
• Rinse
• pat dry
• AOS aftershave balm

Okay, so this might seem like zealotry, but my first DE shave was a revelation. I found it to be incredibly easy to remove hair from my face with the Ikon/Astra combination. Of course, this was my first shave and first blade tried, and I'm sure other blades will be different. However I plan to use all five of my Astras before moving onto my next pack of razors, which will likely be Derbys.

The Ikon felt GREAT in hand. As a matter of fact it felt like it was just gliding over my skin most of the time. I saw lather and hair being removed, but couldn't feel it cutting. After finishing my first pass and rinsing, I was almost surprised to see that the areas I had shaved were bare. That first pass made me say to my lady that I'd never use a disposable or cartridge again if I could avoid it.

After rinsing and re-lathering I decided to go across the grain. This was a little more complicated for me, specifically around the neck. I found that the curvature of my neck--especially around the Adam's apple--is especially prone to nicks if careless. I am happy to say however that I experienced my first DE shave without a single nick or weeper. :D

After finishing my second pass and rinsing I had my lady inspect my face, and she said she could feel a TINY bit of stubble if she rubbed ATG. I expected that as I only did two passes and wasn't even attempting BBS. She also told me that my face felt VERY nice and smooth. Works for me.

After applying the AOS after-shave balm, I did experience a bit of irritation. However, this happens every time I shave. I think it may be more about me not using a suitable (for me) after-shave. I plan on picking up some witch hazel and Aqua Velva ASAP, and will of course check back in after I do.

All-in-all, I very much enjoyed my first DE shave. I felt like was treating myself to a bit of a pampering ritual, and I enjoyed it much more than shaving with a straight.

In the future, if I decide to use the straight again I think I will stick to the cheeks with it, and use the DE for the neck area.

Either way, I'm very happy with my purchase of the Ikon razor. And while the 34c or EJde89l would probably have served me just as well, I feel better knowing I have a quality, stainless razor that feels great in hand and will last forever.

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 04-11-2013, 08:33 PM
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It seems that you had a really good first shave with the SB, awesome!

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 04-11-2013, 09:39 PM
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Great razor, quite hungry when it comes to cutting stubbles Smile

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 04-12-2013, 12:59 AM
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  • ben74
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You will want the OC base plate next! Then you'll have two razors in one... Biggrin

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 04-15-2013, 07:25 PM
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(04-12-2013, 12:59 AM)ben74 Wrote: You will want the OC base plate next! Then you'll have two razors in one... Biggrin

+1! The OC will add a wonderful variety to your shaves!

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 04-15-2013, 07:42 PM
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Congratulations and enjoy the razor!

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 04-16-2013, 10:03 AM
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great looking razor, and remarkable that you did an inaugural 2 pass with no damage. congratulations!

be aware that some SS can spot/rust, especially if a blade is left in after the shave. iKons may be coated to try to prevent this but with such a beautiful and expensive razor you may want to play it safe by removing the blade and wiping down after use.

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 04-16-2013, 10:20 AM
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(04-16-2013, 10:03 AM)tm3 Wrote: great looking razor, and remarkable that you did an inaugural 2 pass with no damage. congratulations!

be aware that some SS can spot/rust, especially if a blade is left in after the shave. iKons may be coated to try to prevent this but with such a beautiful and expensive razor you may want to play it safe by removing the blade and wiping down after use.

Wow...I had no idea that this might be an issue. Thanks for sharing with me. So should I remove the blade every time?

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 04-16-2013, 10:31 AM
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  • slantman
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(04-16-2013, 10:20 AM)ImGatMan! Wrote:
(04-16-2013, 10:03 AM)tm3 Wrote: great looking razor, and remarkable that you did an inaugural 2 pass with no damage. congratulations!

be aware that some SS can spot/rust, especially if a blade is left in after the shave. iKons may be coated to try to prevent this but with such a beautiful and expensive razor you may want to play it safe by removing the blade and wiping down after use.

Wow...I had no idea that this might be an issue. Thanks for sharing with me. So should I remove the blade every time?

In all the years I have owned stainless steel razors and iKons from the very beginning I have never had a rust issue and I leave blades in my razors until I have gone through a blade cycle meaning 4-6 days. The iKon you have is 100% stainless that has been sintered and coated.

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 04-16-2013, 11:03 AM
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Thanks, Jerry. I typically shave every two days and am using each razor 4 times. I guess I will just pay attention to the condition of the razor every time I open it up.

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 04-16-2013, 11:23 AM
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(04-16-2013, 11:03 AM)ImGatMan! Wrote: Thanks, Jerry. I typically shave every two days and am using each razor 4 times. I guess I will just pay attention to the condition of the razor every time I open it up.

After you are finished with a blade quirt it with Scubbing Bubbles which will do no harm to the razor. After that rinse with water,dry the head throughly and your done.

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 04-17-2013, 06:49 AM
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(04-16-2013, 10:20 AM)ImGatMan! Wrote: Wow...I had no idea that this might be an issue. Thanks for sharing with me. So should I remove the blade every time?

i have started that habit with all of my DEs. blade removal and quick wipedown prevents soap scum buildup (and possible rust) on the razor, and some advocate that it makes the blades last a little longer.

might be a complete non-issue with iKon razors due to their coating, but, iirc Weber SS razors are also coated and i have seen one report of rusting on those. i would play it extra safe with such a nice and expensive razor, but that is just me.

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 04-26-2013, 05:05 AM
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How do the OC and OSS compare and contrast?

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 04-26-2013, 08:13 AM
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  • Crag
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OSS Head for me was just too mild in comparison so I sold it, but the SB and OC were very comparable, albeit the OC is a different experience altogether, but in terms of aggressiveness for me the OC and SB are the same but different, too.

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